Daytime traffic delays expected on Hwy 60 Wabasha Bridge June 20-22 for bridge inspections
WABASHA, Minn. — Motorists should be alert for bridge inspectors and short traffic delays on the Highway 60 Wabasha Bridge on June 20-22 as the Minnesota Department conducts its annual bridge inspections of the structure.
Short delays are expected from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the scheduled inspection of the Highway 60 bridge, known as the Michael Duane Clickner Memorial Bridge. Work could take three days, but will wrap up earlier, if the inspections are completed sooner and the weather doesn’t interfere with work.
Flaggers will control traffic at the bridge, so one direction of vehicles will take turns with the other direction. Flaggers will wave one direction of vehicles through before stopping them and then allowing vehicles on the other side of the bridge to pass in the single open lane not occupied by the bridge inspection team.
A snooper truck is used during MnDOT inspections. The truck is a specialty vehicle that has a multi-jointed arm with a basket attached at the end to hold the bridge inspectors. The equipment allows the inspection team to maneuver under the bridge, while the truck is parked on the bridge deck.
Overall, MnDOT’s bridge inspectors in southeast Minnesota will evaluate nearly 1,000 bridges in the region both for MnDOT and local governments such as cities and counties.
MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.